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    December 22, 2006

    Australia minus McGrath and Warne

    Following up to my wondering about how Australia would cope with the possible absence of both, Warne and McGrath, here's how Australia's done in test cricket when neither of them have played (obviously in tests since both made their debuts).
    T5, v England, 2003Lost
    T1, v West Indies, 2003Won
    T2, v West Indies, 2003Won
    T1, v Zimbabwe, 2003Won
    T2, v Zimbabwe, 2003Won
    T1, v India, 2003Draw
    T2, v India, 2003Lost
    T3, v India, 2003Won
    T4, v India, 2004Draw
    There's definitely a trend there, despite a perfectly acceptable record of Played 9, Won 5, Lost 2, Drawn 2. India was the only "strong" team that Australia encountered during 2003 when Warne and McGrath were away for a long stretch of time. India was the only side that Australia faltered against. Yes, England won at Sydney, but I'd perhaps put that down to a "dead-rubber" syndrome. Zimbabwe were never really meant to be on the same ground anyway!

    Perhaps, there's light at the end of the tunnel for Australia's opponents now! I can't figure out why this strategy wasn't so bloody obvious earlier - Just wait for Warne and McGrath to grow old and retire!

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